[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/16/cheney.iraq/art.cheney.gi.jpg caption="Vice President Dick Cheney brushes aside ex-colleagues' assertions he has morphed into a unrecognizable figure."]
In his first TV interview since the presidential election, Vice President Dick Cheney once again staunchly defended the Bush administration's record in the war on terror and, more specifically, the decision to go to war in Iraq.
While admitting that he shared "frustration" over faulty intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Cheney asserted to ABC News' Jonathan Karl on Monday that "the world is better off with Saddam [Hussein] gone."
"I think we made the right decision in spite of the fact that the original [intelligence estimate] was off in some of its major judgments," Cheney said.
"Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology [and] he had the people. ... [He] had every intention of resuming production once the international sanctions were lifted. This was a bad actor."
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